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SSS 2011-08-16

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 This is Scientific American's 60-Second Science. I'm Katherine Harmon. Got a minute?

 
Some 50 million Americans 65 and older currently get help from Medicare. But the program doesn't cover all of the patient's medications. After a patient's annual drug cost hits $2,800, the patient pays the rest of the tab up to another $4,500. Between three and four million people hit this so-called "doughnut hole" each year, usually in mid-August, and don't qualify for low-income assistance. 
 
Advocates for this coverage1 gap say it encourages people to choose cheaper drugs, but Medicare recipients2 who hit the doughnut hole and weren't receiving extra help were twice as likely to forgo3 at least one prescribed drug as those who got additional subsidies4. And they were actually less likely to switch to cheaper options, such as generics5. So finds a new study in the journal Public Library of Science Medicine. 
 
The 2010 health reform law reduces the amount Medicare beneficiaries shell out. But with budget debates about scaling back on entitlement programs, drug coverage might take another hit. And those cuts could mean the difference between following doctor's orders and skipping necessary meds.
 
Thanks for the minute. For Scientific American's 60-Second Science, I'm Katherine Harmon.

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1 coverage nvwz7v     
n.报导,保险范围,保险额,范围,覆盖
参考例句:
  • There's little coverage of foreign news in the newspaper.报纸上几乎没有国外新闻报道。
  • This is an insurance policy with extensive coverage.这是一项承保范围广泛的保险。
2 recipients 972af69bf73f8ad23a446a346a6f0fff     
adj.接受的;受领的;容纳的;愿意接受的n.收件人;接受者;受领者;接受器
参考例句:
  • The recipients of the prizes had their names printed in the paper. 获奖者的姓名登在报上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The recipients of prizes had their names printed in the paper. 获奖者名单登在报上。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
3 forgo Dinxf     
v.放弃,抛弃
参考例句:
  • Time to prepare was a luxuary he would have to forgo.因为时间不够,他不得不放弃做准备工作。
  • She would willingly forgo a birthday treat if only her warring parents would declare a truce.只要她的父母停止争吵,她愿意放弃生日宴请。
4 subsidies 84c7dc8329c19e43d3437248757e572c     
n.补贴,津贴,补助金( subsidy的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • European agriculture ministers failed to break the deadlock over farm subsidies. 欧洲各国农业部长在农业补贴问题上未能打破僵局。
  • Agricultural subsidies absorb about half the EU's income. 农业补贴占去了欧盟收入的大约一半。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 generics 56b97998b338b977ff5a92846ee5f3d0     
n.(产品,尤指药物 )无厂家商标的,无商标的( generic的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Pfizer has set up an in-house division to handle such generics. Pfizer已经建立了一个内部机构来处理这些学名药。 来自互联网
  • Payers are being more pushy about getting patients to take generics. 药物费用的支付者更倾向于让病人使用非专利药。 来自互联网
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